lick·​e·​ty-split ˌli-kə-tē-ˈsplit How to pronounce lickety-split (audio)
: at great speed

Examples of lickety-split in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Initially priced at $9.25 million, the price was lickety-split dropped to $8.75 million. Mark David, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2023 In the handful of years between the end of World War I and the 1929 stock market crash, Los Angeles became, lickety-split, the aviation capital of the nation. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2023 Thankfully, the accelerator isn’t overly sensitive, because pinning it rockets the MoonBike to its 26-mph claimed top speed lickety-split. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History


probably irregular from lick entry 1 + split

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lickety-split was circa 1859

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“Lickety-split.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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